Argentina has the status of a republic, with a President at its
head and a system of government similar to that of the United States.
The Argentinian Congress has two houses, a Senate with 69 members,
and a House of Deputies consisting of 169 members.
The President, as well as his Senators and Deputies, is elected
for a term of four years. The President can be re-elected for a
further four years, and the current President, Carlos Menem, was
re-elected by a resounding majority vote in 1995. He is currently
seeking a third term in office by contesting the October 1999 elections.
On a local level, a governor is elected in each of the country's
23 provinces, and a mayor is appointed by the president for Buenos
Aires, Argentina's one federal district.